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14th February is International Book Giving Day


International Book Giving Day is on the 14th of February, a fortnight away..

We’re receiving an amazing response from all over India. Books are being carefully chosen, ordered and shipped to Dharamsala for our young readers at the Norling creche & preschool in Norbulingka and the Yongling school in McLeodganj.

If you’d also like to give a book/s, its quite simple..

1. Pick a book/s for the age group 3 – 8 years. You could send your favourite childhood book or choose from these
extensive wish lists:

2. Personalise your gift by getting children to write a note or a card for the readers or write one yourself.

3. Check to see if Amazon or Flipkart can deliver the books or speed post/courier them.

4. Sit back, relax and feel wonderful about the gift of book giving!

C/o Avalokitesvara Trust,
Norling Creche and Preschool ,
Norbulingka, Dharamsala 176057,
Himachal Pradesh
Telephone: +919825062969

Help us enhance their little libraries with good quality books, encourage the joy of reading and bring smiles to their faces!

#AvalokiteśvaraTrust #giftbooks #bookgivingday

And I’ll be sharing photos of the recipients and their lovely gifts!!

~ Abhigya

Chuskit goes to school


‘Chuskit goes to school’ is an endearing story about a young Ladakhi girl who is disabled by birth. Chuskit longs to go to school…

Written by Sujatha Padmanabhan, illustrated by Madhuvanti Anantharajan and published by Pratham Books; it was available in English, Hindi and several other regional languages of India, but last year I had the idea of getting it translated into Ladakhi as well, for the children of this region. There isn’t much Ladakhi children’s literature available and in fact, the language itself is not much taught or written. We hope to make more reading material available to children here, in their own language.

Gen Konchok Pandey translated the book and Pratham Books reworked the layout. Our friend Nakul Butta, ran the Ladakh Marathon and raised the required funds for 500 copies The books have now reached Leh and are being shared with children of various villages, private, government, nunnery and monastery schools of Ladakh. We are happy to have collaborated with Pratham Books on our first Ladakhi translation.

More books for Avalokitesvara Trust’s reading rooms


It’s summer time in Ladakh! Avalokitesvara Trust has begun operations and a bunch of talented volunteers will be working with the Ladakhi children of several schools namely in the area of music, theatre, language building, film making, visual arts and environmental science. We shall be sharing their stories and experiences soon!

Meanwhile in our reading rooms, (yes we have 42 now!) the books shelves have a few empty rows. Or we need to replace old, worn out books with new stock. We are happy to collaborate with Pratham Books to add new titles to the existing reading rooms and maybe even create a few more! We need your help to achieve our goal for this year.

Here’s four simple steps for you to donate:

  • Go to Donate A Book Avalokitesvara Trust Project & click on ‘Donate To This Campaign’
  • Sign up with email ID or Facebook credentials
  • Choose the donation amount (₹1000,₹500,₹250 or amount of your choice). Fill in your details
  • Proceed to payment

Ta-da! We will be delivering your books to children across Ladakh soon!